Founded in February 2015 by Marie Lora-Mungai and registered in Los Angeles, California, Restless Global is focused on the development, financing, production and distribution of Africa-inspired film & television projects for an international audience. Restless Global also advises international companies, VOD platforms, private investors and institutions on their Africa expansion plans, and on content sourcing, development, production, distribution and sale across the continent.
As a journalist, producer, writer and showrunner, Marie Lora-Mungai’s work over the past 10 years has focused on creating compelling film & television content that challenges the socio-political status quo, and more specifically on improving the world’s understanding of Africa by bringing to light complex and fascinating African stories rooted in reality.
In 2009, Marie co-created and launched THE XYZ SHOW, a political satire television show with puppets inspired by SPITTING IMAGE and LES GUIGNOLS DE L’INFO, in partnership with cartoonist Gado with whom she also co-founded production company Buni Media. THE XYZ SHOW quickly became one of the most popular programs in Kenya, attracting 10 million viewers on television, radio, mobile and the internet. Today the show is still going strong after 11 seasons.
In 2012, Marie founded Buni.tv, one of the pioneers of African VOD which reached 2 million unique viewers and 30,000 registered users before being acquired by Trace (MTG group) in 2016.
In 2014 Marie and Gado created and launched OGAS AT THE TOP, a Nigerian version of THE XYZ SHOW, which immediately went viral.
The same year Marie and Ten10 Films’ Tendeka Matatu founded talent agency Restless Talent Management. In line with the company’s commitment to develop African film & TV talents, Marie has hosted RTM’s flagship pitch event The Restless Pitch and its accompanying How To Pitch workshop in 7 countries across Africa and Europe, helping to unearth and mentor a new generation of African filmmakers.
Meanwhile as a producer and showrunner, Marie has continued to create or co-create numerous television programs such as THE TRADE (with Tendeka Matatu), a 10 episode TV series set in the world of the West African drug trade, which is currently in development with Canal+ Overseas. She is also developing several feature film projects including STATE OF BETRAYAL, the film adaptation of Michela Wrong’s book IT’S OUR TURN TO EAT.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Marie had a successful first career as an award-winning television journalist, working across 3 continents and 15 African countries for CNN, Reuters TV, AFP TV and the BBC.
In 2013 she was named a Rising Talent at the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and one of “30 Women Who Matter” by L’Express magazine. She was listed on the Choiseul Institute’s list of 200 Economic Leaders of Tomorrow in 2015 and 2016, and named one of “10 Female Entrepreneurs to Follow in 2017” by Forbes France.